Our Mission & Goals

The Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre of the Department of Government & International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University and Civil Rights Observer establish The Election Observation Project (EOP) with an objective to become an independent academic platform for the 2019 District Council election. EOP offers support to election monitoring networks in all the 18 districts in Hong Kong and conducts a comprehensive examination on the electoral process.

EOP will be carried out with reference to international standards for democratic elections—including but not limited to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Code of Conduct for International Election Observers, as well as authoritative international academic research on electoral integrity and election observations in different parts of the world. EOP researchers will examine incidents of electoral malpractice, if any, investigate what cause them, and put forth reform proposals. We encourage civic participation in defense of electoral integrity which in our view has a positive effect on democratic development.

EOP makes use of web-based and social media platform and provides civic education activities and workshops in order to encourage concerned citizens across the 452 constituencies to collect and verify information at the district level. We focus on the factors promoting and undermining electoral integrity. For that, EOP intends to provide objective, reliable, evidence-based comments and analyses for Hong Kong and the international community. We intend to issue public statements throughout the election process to point out any sign of malpractice and to produce EOP reports, advising measures to consolidate a free and fair election according to International standards and code of practice.

One of EOP’s first actions in examining electoral integrity is to ask the Electoral Affairs Commission and the Returning Officers across the 18 districts what criteria or justifications there may be for disqualifying prospective candidates in the upcoming elections.

Meanwhile, workshops are organized to begin building the grassroot network for groundwork of EOP. We shall reach out to higher education institutions and engage citizen in the neighborhoods to train attentiveness for the various forms of electoral malpractice.

As election process enter the campaigning and preparation stages, EOP extends its operation and network, disseminating news and information by means of events, press conference, public statements, media interviews and our web-based platforms.

We intend to invite prominent international experts and scholars to act as EOP’s overseas advisors whose roles include overseeing our work on the ground and connecting EOP with our international interlocutors.

Our Members

Our Overseas Advisors